Following Sanctions Violations And A Resigned CEO, BNP Paribas Looking Less AttractiveDon Dion • Oct. 14, 2014
- Following a $9 billion penalty for violation of US sanctions, BNP Paribas announced that its Chairman Badouin Prot agreed to step down.
- New leadership is not expected to keep prior pace of international expansion; several other key bank leaders have also stepped down.
- BNP stock is down considerably in 2014; in Q2 net losses to equity holders totaled ~4,317 million euros.
- As it is unclear if or when BNP Paribas will right itself, we suggest investors look to other bank stocks in 2014.
BNP Paribas May Be Fined $10 Billion For Sanctions Violation, Stock Plummets, Heads Need To Roll
- BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, is facing a potential $10 billion penalty for sanctions violations.
- This has raised concerns that the bank would need to be re-capitalized post-settlement, and that customers could begin to take their money elsewhere.
- We recommend investors sell BNP, given the uncertain outlook and stock decrease.
Fri, Jan. 9, 7:54 AM
- More than half of the €7.5B in newly issued Santander (NYSE:SAN) stock was purchased by U.S. investors, reports the FT, with about 25% bought by U.K. owners.
- The bank issued 1.214B shares at £6.18 each as new executive chairman Ana Botin quickly broke ranks with her late father's strategy just four months after replacing him atop the company.
- The ADRs are lower by 4.5% premarket after yesterday's 7% decline.
- Now that Santander has joined Deutsche Bank in raising capital, analysts turn their attention to the next dominoes. High on the list: BNP Paribas (OTCQX:BNPQY), Societe General (OTCPK:SCGLY), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Commerzbank (OTCPK:CRZBY), and Credit Agricole (OTCPK:CRARY).
Nov. 19, 2014, 4:34 AM
- BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY) may be under fire again, as French prosecutors open a preliminary insider-trading probe related to the bank's $9B settlement in June for violating U.S. sanctions.
- The investigation will determine how much senior BNP Paribas directors and top execs knew about the bank’s exposure to litigation risks in the U.S. when they sold shares last year.
- According to French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné, the newest probe is specifically aimed at the bank’s chairman, Baudouin Prot, COO Philippe Bordenave and Honorary Chairman Michel Pébereau .
Oct. 31, 2014, 6:41 AM
- BNP Paribas (OTCQX:BNPQY) reported an 11% jump in third-quarter net profit, as gains in its investment-banking business helped it recover from the previous quarter when it was hit with a record $8.9B fine for sanctions violations.
- The bank posted net profit for the period from July through September of €1.5B ($1.9B), compared with €1.36B a year earlier, on revenue of €9.5B.
- Last week, BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY) completed the ECB’s stress tests unscathed.
Oct. 7, 2014, 2:08 AM
- BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY) is searching for a bank to assist with clearing its energy transactions in U.S. dollars next year, after being suspended from the dollar clearing practice due to its violation of U.S. sanctions against against Sudan, Cuba and Iran.
- The French bank made the requests to JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), BofA (NYSE:BAC) and Citi (NYSE:C) in July and August, and although talks are still going on with the latter two, JPMorgan has decided against accepting the request.
- OTCPK:BNPQF +1.5% AH
Aug. 11, 2014, 4:17 AM
- Quoting Le Journal du Dimanche, Bloomberg reports that BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY) Chairman Baudouin Prot may resign in the next few months to be succeeded by Jean Lemierre, a senior adviser at the French bank.
- Prot served as the bank's CEO from 2003 to 2011.
- Last month, BNP Paribas went through its largest-ever management shakeup and was fined $8.9B as a result of its U.S. sanction violations.
Jul. 29, 2014, 6:56 AM
- French real-estate group Klepierre (OTC:KLPEF) is closing in on a deal to acquire Dutch rival Corio (OTC:CRIOF) for €7.2B ($9.7B), which would create an industry leader with €21B in assets.
- The boards of both companies as well as their main shareholders (Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG) and BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY)) back the deal, the companies said in a joint statement.
Jul. 25, 2014, 2:25 AM
- After agreeing to an $8.9B fine last month for U.S. sanctions violations, BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY) has come under the spotlight again - this time with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- A Federal court has entered an $80M judgment against the bank for cheating a program which covers the losses of American commodities exporters in cases where their import partner failed to make a payment.
- BNP Paribas is accused of guaranteeing credit for companies known to be operating both the export and import side of the business.
Jul. 10, 2014, 3:28 AM
- BNP Paribas (BNPQF) has pleaded guilty to evading U.S. sanctions for the second time, admitting it had also violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act.
- The bank previously agreed to a record $8.9B settlement on July 1, after pleading guilty to charges of falsifying business records and conspiracy.
Jul. 9, 2014, 8:12 AM
- Responding to news on a couple of European lenders, JPMorgan upgrades Deutsche Bank (DB) to Overweight citing the recent capital raise, and downgrades BNP Paribas (BNPZY) to Neutral, citing lower capital returns following the $8.9B U.S. criminal settlement.
- Deutsche is up 1% premarket; BNP is lower by 1.3% in Paris action.
Jul. 2, 2014, 4:13 AM
- After pleading guilty to violating U.S. sanctions yesterday, BNP Paribas (BNPQF) has applied for a regulatory exemption to keep its U.S. pension-plan business alive. The exemption will allow the bank to keep its status as a qualified professional asset manager.
- The bank currently oversees $7.9T in pensions, some of which are included in the $66B of assets managed in the U.S.
Jul. 1, 2014, 1:59 AM
- After pleading guilty to two criminal charges of falsifying business records and conspiracy, BNP Paribas (BNPQF) is settling its "sanctions lawsuit" for $8.9B. As part of the settlement, the bank will also terminate 13 senior execs.
- BNP Paribas has also agreed to suspend parts of its U.S. dollar clearing operations for one year. The ban will start on January 1, 2015, and will greatly impact the bank's oil and gas finance business.
Jun. 30, 2014, 4:30 PM
- As has been rumored for awhile, BNP Paribas (BNPQF) has plead guilty to two felony counts and agreed to pay $8.8B in fines to settle a U.S. probe into dealing with countries under sanction, reports the WSJ.
- Whether or not BNP will be suspended from performing dollar clearing services - potentially a big hurt on its business - has not yet been reported.
- Previously: NYT: BNP Paribas expected to plead guilty, pay $8.9B
Jun. 30, 2014, 1:50 AM
- The BNP Paribas (BNPQF) board has approved an $8.9B settlement, following the investigation of U.S. authoritites into $30B of transactions which avoided economic sanctions. More than a dozen employees are also expected to leave the bank as a result of the negotiations.
- BNP is expected to plead guilty to the charge today, and announce the hefty settlement. With regards to the suspension on BNP's U.S. dollar clearing service, it was reported that the bank has won a stay of execution, postponing it for six months.
- Last week, BNP Paribas stated plans to cut its dividend and sell billions in bonds as a result of the record payout.
Jun. 27, 2014, 7:53 AM
- Expected on Monday to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay as much as a $9B fine, BNP Paribas (BNPQF) reportedly plans to dramatically reduce its dividend and sell billions in bonds. It isn't clear at the moment if the dividend will be scrapped entirely, or if a token payout will remain.
- The bank paid a dividend of €1.50 ($2.04) per share in 2013, and one victim of the cut will be the State of Belgium which owned 10.3% of the bank as of the end of last year. "A spokesman for the Belgian Finance Ministry declined to comment," says the WSJ.
- Previously: NYT: BNP Paribas expected to plead guilty, pay $8.9B
Jun. 27, 2014, 3:06 AM
- BNP Paribas (BNPQF) is expected to plead guilty to sanction violations and pay an $8.9B fine, the NYT reports. Authorities are hoping to announce the verdict Monday, and it will outline the bank's illicit money transfers betweeen 2002 and 2009 that violated U.S. sanctions.
- Yesterday, the NY Department of Financial Services looked to impose a year suspension on the bank for dollar clearing services, a service which is essential to doing business with international clients.
Jun. 26, 2014, 3:12 AM
- BNP Paribas (BNPQF) may now face another penalty from U.S. authorities due to its money transfer sanction violations. The NY Department of Financial Services is now looking to impose a year suspension on the bank for currency conversions, Reuters reports.
- The suspension will prohibit a service known as "dollar clearing," which will suspend the bank from converting foreign currencies to dollars in some businesses. BNP's New York branch clears hundreds of billions of dollars every day in trade finance, commodities businesses, custodian accounts and foreign exchange.
- On top of its expected $9B fine, the suspension will cause a hefty hit to the bank's services, although it will allow BNP to retain its license to operate in New York. S&P has said earlier this month that the bank's long-term credit rating is at stake, as a result of the upcoming new penalties.
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